To provide the best package of care your child will need a team of experts working together (a multi-disciplinary team). You, your child’s school and the healthcare team should work together to provide the best all-round care and to help you cope with how the condition affects the whole family.
The key to the best care for your child includes:
early treatment with effective medicines
an active exercise programme
making sure they keep up with things like school and leisure activities
Making sure your child has the best treatment as soon as possible will slow down the disease and reduce long-term damage to their joints. In the same way, starting exercises early and sticking to them will make your child as mobile as possible and protect their joints from damage.
A patient's treatment differs according to their type of arthritis but generally the medications below are used by the Paediatric Rheumatology Consultants: